I Don’t Have the Power to Get What I Want: Worry Journal Exercise

I Don’t Have the Power to Get What I Want: Worry Journal Exercise

Despite all the lengths I go to trying to empower myself, I feel like I’m falling short much of the time. Granted, I burn myself out using my power to protect my power, but does it go deeper than that? Could it be the power to get what I want doesn’t exist in me?

Situation / Trigger

Feeling burnt out

Negative Thought

I don’t have the power to get what I want.

Anxiety Level (1-10)

7

Evidence For

I can’t say what I want to say.

I can’t try new things I want to do.

I can’t open up to people I want to be closer to.

I can’t introduce myself to new people I want to meet.

I can’t calm down when I want to stop freaking out.

I can’t let it go when I want to forgive myself of my mistakes.

I can’t let it go when I want to forgive others of their mistakes.

Evidence Against

I say what I want to say when I write.

Sometimes I say what I want to say when I speak.

I’ve tried lots of new things I wanted to try; at one time everything was new to me.

I’ve opened up to plenty of people over the years; it just takes me a while to get there.

In new towns, schools, and workplaces, I’ve introduced myself to people countless times.

I’m not living in perpetual freak-out mode, so at some point I can calm myself down.

I forgive quite a bit; it just takes me a while to get there.

What’s More Likely

I have the power to get what I want. I’m just afraid to use it.

I don’t trust my thoughts or feelings about people or situations, so I don’t trust my power to deal with them. As a result, I hesitate to use my power, and only after a long period of consideration or under the most controlled of circumstances.

Alternative Thought / Positive Affirmation

I trust myself with my power.

Anxiety Level (1-10)

4

What’s Worrying You?

Keep your own worry journal and work it through. I picked up this tool in cognitive behavioral therapy. Inevitably, my anxiety level at the end of the exercise is less than it was when I started. I hope it works that way for you, too.

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I’m a writer living in Los Angeles and founder of Plenty Woman, a website for women ready to believe we are everything anxiety says we’re not: Beautiful. Lovable. Powerful. Important. Smart.



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